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Building Program and Schedule

A building’s program scopes the project by outlining its goals, conditions, and objectives. The program is usually defined by the owner, but it is important to also involve occupants and designers to create it. Different programs and schedules cause very different energy use The program explains how the design will…

Building Site Surroundings

A building’s immediate surroundings change its effective weather patterns, as nearby buildings or trees can block sunlight and change wind patterns. When designing a new building, you’ll want to take surrounding buildings into account – both so you can understand how they affect your design, and what passive strategies you…

Building Site Location

Whether or not a building is net zero energy, part of its sustainability is related to its land use.  Continuing to convert more wild lands and farmlands into building sites is unsustainable, and there is much land area available in cities that can be redeveloped more densely and sustainably. Greenfield…

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